Laboratory Services

Using the most effective analytical technologies available, Crane Engineering is committed to a multi-disciplinary approach to solving complex real-world problems. Whether it's a water heater, a piece of circuit board, a deep fryer or a catheter, Crane Engineering can conduct the tests necessary to solve your problem. The company uses the most advanced instruments and methodologies available to ensure creative, non-invasive (evidence-friendly) test and measurement techniques.

Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science

Composition of metals and materials, manufacturing process evaluation, testing, selection and specification.

Plastics Failure Analysis

Crane Engineering's in-depth analysis of plastics and polymer materials goes beyond just test results. It determines the “why” behind the results, helping change the outcome to prevent future occurrences or failures.

Chemistry Services and Consulting

  • Materials and process characterization and application
  • Contaminant and corrosion analysis, coatings/finishes, polymers
  • Elemental and organic analysis
  • Fire debris and fuel gas analysis
  • Reverse engineering and contract research

Imaging Services

  • SEM/EDS
  • Optical Microscopy
  • Digital X-Ray
  • Computed Tomography (CT)

Reverse Product Engineering

Reverse engineering enables the duplication of an existing part by capturing the component’s physical dimensions, features, and material properties. While the physical dimensions and features of a part or product can be more straightforward, the material properties often are not. Crane Engineering’s Materials and Process engineering team can analyze a product or part to determine the components present and in what quantities.

Foreign Material Identification Services

Crane Engineering uses state-of-the-art equipment in the detection and identification of foreign materials, both on manufactured parts and from other sources. This includes residue in or on tubing, molding impurities in plastic parts, and accumulated debris collected by filter or trap systems in flow modules.

Manufacturing Defect Causality Services

Often the symptomatic defect is not a linear result of a single event but rather a compound factor. Crane Engineering excels in the forensic investigation of root causes, not just the identification and description of defects. Our expert staff can diagnose and analyze in metals, chemicals, and electrical disciplines. Our internal laboratory is equipped to perform sequential testing and investigation, identifying defects, tracing causes in materials and processes, and defining a corrective action that is economically and efficiently the best option for the client.

Weld/Solder Defect Analysis

Crane Engineering’s metallurgy laboratory excels in sectioning, micro-hardness testing, chemical and electrolytic etching, and metallography. These destructive testing methods can be used to qualify new procedures, certify operators, establish baseline controls, and evaluate defects.

Material Failure Analysis

Numerous combinations of methods and procedures are utilized for failure analysis reflected in physical damage or chemical attack or damage. The part involved, the materials, the manufacturing method, and service environments all are a factor in considering what approach is taken in a failure analysis.

Material Verification

Crane Engineering excels in material analysis and definition. By means of chemical mapping and microscopic investigation we can quickly inform clients as to the identity and quantity of chemicals contained in their products.

Parts Cleanliness

When manufacturing parts and materials, it is sometimes necessary to use chemical aids such as lubricants and additives to help shape a product. Depending on the product's application, it often needs to be cleaned following manufacture and prior to packaging.   Crane Engineering’s Materials and Process Engineering team can perform the testing needed to verify the cleaning and rinse processes are effective. 

Super Alloys, Coatings & More

Crane Engineering has expertise and experience in the materials, manufacturing processes, and failure modes of hot-section components used in jet engines and gas turbines for the marine, industrial, and power generation industries. Our state-of-the-art materials laboratory and microscopy facility enable the evaluation, investigation and failure analysis of alloys and coatings.